Sharks Pass Another Test, Win 4th Straight Over Division Leading Oilers 6-3

mercurynews.com photo: San Jose Sharks’ Barclay Goodrow (23) fights against Edmonton Oilers’ Brandon Manning (26) in the second period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

By Jerry Feitelberg

If you’re looking for a definitive statement that the San Jose Sharks have officially hit their stride after an abysmal start, Tuesday night was perfect proof. The Sharks manhandled the Pacific Division leading Edmonton Oilers 6-3. 13 different Sharks had a point, with  goals coming from six different players. Martin Jones made 21 saves, but was beaten by Western Conference scoring leader Leon Draisaitl, linemate Zack Kassian and Sam Gagner. Connor McDavid was held to just one assist. Barclay Goodrow had a Gordie Howe hat trick for San Jose. 

The Sharks started the year 4-10-1 through 15 games, but have won four-straight. Each win in the Streak has been an improvement on the last,with the Sharks beating a Blackhawks team that had an equally difficult start, then barely hung on to win 6-5 against a bad Minnesota Wild squad. The shootout win against Nashville Saturday was impressive, with the Preds firmly in playoff position but the win Tuesday solidified the Sharks as being able to beat good teams handedly, a calling card of past successful iterations of the team teal.

Brent Burns opened the scoring after his shot rang around the inside of the crossbar 4:01 into play, then Evander Kane tapped a rebound home from a Logan Couture shot for his team-leading 11th goal 7:27 in.

Patrick Marleau buzzed by goalie Mike Smith, tipping a Tim Heed shot past the goalie for a 3-0 lead and his first goal of the season not against the Chicago Blackhawks (fourth overall) at the 11:12 mark.

Barclay Goodrow got the toughest leg of the Gordie Howe, scoring his fifth goal of the year 1:26 into the second period. Draisaitl broke up the shutout just under halfway through the game, but the real excitement came later in the middle period.

With a little over five minutes left in the second,Tomas Hertl collided with Oilers wunderkind Connor McDavid, causing the wires to cross in linemate Zack Kassian. Kassian went after Hertl, a scrum ensued and in the aftermath Goodrow wound up dropping the mitts with Matt Benning. Benning also received a game misconduct for not having his fight strap tethered down and Hertl and Kassian got a penalty each.

When Hertl exited the box, he struck gold though. Erik Karlsson found him rushing to the Oilers net front and fired a perfect pass diagonally to Hertl at the goal mouth. While Hertl didn’t get all of the puck, he did get enough of it to slip it through Smith for a 5-1 Sharks lead 17:34 into the period.

Kassian and Sam Gagner scored goals in garbage time in the third, but sandwiched in between Timo Meier scored his fifth goal of the year. Goodrow picked up the secondary assist, netting him his Gordie Howe. 

San Jose hits the road to face the Anaheim Ducks. After that, they’ll return to face the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night at home.

Sharks’ offense + defense don’t = a win in 3-1 loss 

mercurynews.com photo: San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) who saved 30 shots but allowed three in the Sharks third consecutive loss in Anaheim to the Mighty Ducks

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ ANAHEIM– It was roughly more of the same all around, including another injury, as the Ducks (2-0-0) handed San Jose (0-3-0) zero points Saturday. 

There were giveaways, the first coming from Sharks’ goalie Aaron Dell, the same number one in the goal column and Marcus Sorensen left in the second after 7:27 of ice time. 

San Jose Coach Peter DeBoer replied regarding tonight’s effort, “…I thought for three in four nights and being on the road, I thought especially our big guys played really hard…The first goal is a tough one…changes the mindset early. Especially against a guy like (John) Gibson at the other end.”

Anaheim has averaged two goals in their last four games, going back to the preseason and in contrast, the Sharks have only had a goal in each of their last four games. 

Special teams followed suit with the way its been with the Ducks killing their last 24 penalties and San Jose 0-for-33 on their power plays. Players postgame had some positives compared to the last two games, “some good shifts,” and the “power play.” The Sharks had four opportunities on the night offensively with five shots during their third power play.

A day after San Jose recalled Jacob Middleton from the San Jose Barracuda, they had to call up Trevor Carrick pregame after Middleton was hurt Friday. 

The Sharks gave up their first goal by way of another defensive lapse. The puck went from Dell to Ondrej Kase and Michael Del Zotto. Dell was recovering the puck from the boards. 

The fight of the game came at 11:28 between San Jose’s Brenden Dillon and the Ducks’ Nicolas Deslauriers. 

Anaheim had a two-man advantage for one second when after Lean Bergmann was called for slashing, Kevin Labanc was whistled for hooking with one second left. San Jose was able to fend off six shots and two missed ones. 

The Sharks evened the shot total at 22 in the second period with a 15-10 advantage but found themselves down 3-1.

San Jose had three straight shots to start off the second, one at 33 seconds and two 42 seconds onto the ice.  

They then got a power play at 2:22. Dell ended up giving the puck away again, this time to Adam Henrique, but Dell was able to get back in place to block his shot. 

The Sharks tied it up when Dillon, who looked to take a shot from the point, instead passed it off to Erik Karlsson who fed Logan Couture. The captain took aim from the right faceoff circle and found a friendly place for the puck at 5:44. 

San Jose’s lead lasted just under a minute when Ryan Getzlaf was found without a defender. He skated right up to Dell and made it 2-1 with the puck around Dell’s left side. 

Dell ended up making a quality save versus Carter Rowney, but it came as as result of a Mario Ferraro giveaway. 

Another injury occurred when Sorensen ended up in the end boards after taking a shot at Gibson. 

Henrique ended up having success against Dell when he gave the Ducks their final two-goal lead at 18:48. Featuring tired Sharks, a neutral zone giveaway by Tomas Hertl started the play and then it looked like Labanc gave up midway while defending Henrique, giving him time and space.  

Up Next: Karlsson had the most shift ice time with an average of 1:09. San Jose will now have their most rest of the regular season and Evander Kane back as they head to Nashville for the second of their three-game road trip to take on the Predators Tuesday at 5pm.

Sharks still winless in preseason after 4-1 loss to Ducks

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By Pearl Allison Lo

ANAHEIM — The Anaheim Ducks treated their fans to a 4-1 win over their Northern California rival, the San Jose Sharks, in their preseason home opener at the Honda Center Tuesday. 

After Anaheim was shut out for the first time in the preseason by their crosstown rivals 3-0 Monday, they almost shutout San Jose. 

The Sharks, still searching for their first win, were able to avoid their first shutout of the preseason.

Both Jakob Silfverberg and Brendan Guhle for the Ducks had a goal and an assist. 

It was the first full game in net for both goalies Aaron Dell and John Gibson, who played half the game last time they were in net and gave up one goal apiece. Dell’s last game came versus Anaheim.

The penalty kill was strong for both teams as neither scored through a total of 11 power plays. 

The Ducks’ Derek Grant’s shorthanded empty netter at 19:38 of the third summed up the majority play of the game.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer commented, “As a group, I thought they (Ducks) were a little bigger, a little heavier, a little harder than us, won more battles than us and that is why they won.” Anaheim won faceoffs by a 61%-39% clip.

San Jose got an early power play at 3:11 of the first during which they got two shots.

At one point, the Sharks had an 8-2 shot advantage. 

Both teams got simultaneous penalties at 6:25, but halfway in, San Jose’s Dalton Prout was called for slashing. Anaheim got better looks on their power play and three shots.

Eventually the time spent and pressure in the Sharks’ end proved worthwhile for the Ducks as Andreas Martinsen scored at 11:01. Silfverberg had the first shot and Martinsen corralled the rebound and aimed before Dell could scoop up the puck in his glove. 

The Ducks made it 2-0 when Jeffrey Viel tried to clear the puck and got Dell going in all different directions. Viel’s attempt went right to Isac Lundestrom who shot as the puck went to the backboards and Rickard Rakell found Silfverberg with his second goal in as many games at 14:17.

Both teams finished off the period with a fight with 2:52 left. Viel had the majority of punches to begin and Sam Carrick finished the scuffle off with Viel turned away. It was San Jose’s first preseason fight and there would be two more to follow.

Just 1:10 into the second period, Anaheim kept their momentum when Guhle wristed a goal from the top of the left faceoff circle as the puck hit the crossbar upon its entry. 

Penalties were assessed near the end of the period again. 

Prout was whistled for kneeing and a game misconduct at 17:18.

33 seconds later, however, Max Jones shaved off the extra man advantage as he high-sticked Jacob Middleton.

Before the high-sticking call wore off, Jonny Brodzinski and Dylan Gambrel’s back-and-forth paid off. Gambrell made a behind-the-back pass back to Brodzinski who completed the play at 19:06 to get one past Gibson.  

Goodrow had a shorthanded breakaway attempt in the third, but was denied. 

Grant’s empty-netter came nine seconds after teammate Chase De Leo was called for high-sticking. 

Up Next: The Sharks are slated to play the Calgary Flames again at home Thursday at 7:30 pm. 

Camp Battles Begin in Sharks’ 4-3 Loss to Ducks

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Jose Sharks lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 to open the preseason slate of the 2019-20 campaign at home Tuesday night, but they did get some intel on a couple camp battles. Darkhorse candidates for open forward spots Jonny Brodzinski and Joachim Blichfeld both scored for the Sharks, while potential midseason call-up Ryan Merkley had a pair of assists. Fresh off inking a new deal to take himself out of restricted free agency, Timo Meier picked up right where he left off last season, putting the puck in the net as well.

Aaron Dell, the incumbent to the backup goalie gig 11 saves on 12 shots, leaving the game up 2-1 after just over 30 minutes of play. Josef Korenar made 10 saves, but gave up three goals in the Ducks’ come-from-behind win. Max Jones had the game-winner and added an assist for Anaheim.

San Jose’s primary goal in the exhibition slate is to determine which forwards who either weren’t on the roster or saw limited time in 2018-19 will replace Joe Pavelski’s production. The previous Sharks captain departed San Jose in the offseason after 761 points over 13 seasons with San Jose. With openings on almost every line, Team Teal is expecting it to be a committee to replace Pavelski’s production.

With that being the case, Brodzinski and Blichfeld each flashed a skill from Pavelski’s toolbox Tuesday night. Brodzinski’s goal to take a 2-0 lead 10:47 into the game came on the power play, with the 26-year-old deflecting a puck past Ducks goalie Ryan Miller in the crease, number 8’s old spot on the Sharks man advantage. Brodzinski boasts 54 games of NHL experience over 4 seasons and seemed destined to start the year with the Barracuda in the AHL, but a willingness to go to the dirty areas may help him find a spot on the Shark’s fourth line.

For Blichfeld, the WHL’s leading point-getter last season, the contribution is a laser-like wrist shot. He showed it in beating Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz to tie the game at 3 2:55 into the third period. The 21-year-old is a pure scorer who could do damage on Joe Thornton’s wing if he breaks camp with the team, but handicappers have him below other prospects like Sasha Chemlevski and Ivan Chekhovich who have yet to make their preseason debuts. If Blichfeld can fill the net like he did in junior, scoring 53 goals for the Portland Winterhawks last season, he can help San Jose replace Pavelski’s 355 career goals.

Dell looked good heading into the 2nd period holding a 2-0 lead, but Devin Shore beat him 5:53 into the second to cut San Jose’s lead in half 2-1. After Dell came out, Nicolas Deslauriers and Adam Henrique each scored on Korenar to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third. After Blichfeld’s tying goal, Jones beat Korenar on the power play 6:43 to finish the game.

Dell is expected to be Martin Jones’ backup, but his down 18-19 campaign and cap hit will have him feeling the heat to excel in training camp this year. The crowded crease will also be an issue for the Sharks who will need to find competitive opportunities for five goalies. Jones is expected to be the starter at the NHL level, while Dell, Korenar and Antoine Bibeau are all in on the backup spot, with Dell getting the edge on experienced. San Jose also signed Andrew Shortrigde out of Quinnipiac last season, and would probably be best served developing at a level higher than the ECHL this season leaving five goalies for four spots. This will be a spot to watch as the preseason unfolds.

NHL Podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJ’s clinch with 3-2 win over Rangers; Hawks bulldoze Stars 6-1; Ducks win Freeway game over Kings 5-2; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Friday night’s NHL action: The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched for the postseason as they defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 of 27 shots and the Jackets. The Jackets’ Ryan Dzingle and Artemi Panarin had a coach goal each in the third period to put the CBJs over the top.

#2 In a game that was not even close, the Chicago Blackhawks poured it on the Dallas Stars 6-1. The Hawks’ Patrick Kane scored twice, Dominick Kahun, Chris Kunitz, Dylan Strome, and Slater Koekoek all scored a goal each for Chicago.

#3 The Anaheim Mighty Ducks got a mighty win over the Los Angeles Kings by three goals on Friday night 5-2. The Ducks’ Carter Rowney started things off with a goal in the first period, Korbinian Holzer and Daniel Sprong had a goal each in the second period, Sam Steel and Jakob Silfverberg scored one a piece in the third period for Anaheim.

#4 Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lighting (62-16-4) and the Boston Bruins (43-24-9) in the NHL Game of the Week. These two titans have been battlers all season long. The Bolts are the winningest team in the NHL and the B’s have been one of the top teams all season.

#5 The Vancouver Canucks are in St. Louis later Saturday night. Elias Pettersson likes to light the lamp. At 20 years old, he leads the Canucks with 65 assists and 27 goals for the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 75 points and Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 32 goals.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Can Sharks stop the madness? They’ve been losers in nine of their last 10 games; They’re in Edmonton tonight

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 It’s not getting any better and the players in the dressing room knew it before it was over as the Sharks had a 2-1 lead disappear after the Canucks scored three unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-2 win at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

#2 The Sharks looked like they had things under control in the second period with neither team scoring and the Sharks holding a 2-1 lead.

#3 The three unanswered goals in the third period started with the Canucks’ Tanner Pearson, who didn’t waste anytime scoring at 11:18. The Canucks’ second goal was by Markus Granlund at 13:39, and then Troy Stecher came through with a short-handed goal.

#4 How much is this the defense’s fault or goaltender Martin Jones, who bears most of the responsibility for a loss like this?

#5 The Sharks try again in Edmonton and they just might have a shot at getting a win. The Oilers have lost their last four games with recent losses to the Avalanche, Knights, Ducks, and Stars.

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks lose to Ducks 4-3 in OT

~ AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Ducks ended up with a winning homestand, as they scored 38 seconds into overtime to snuff out San Jose Friday 4-3.

Back and forth on the power play was the name of the game in the third period. Three of the four penalties resulted in goals. By nature of this overtime though, there was no chance for a comeback after a score. Jakob Silfverberg capped off a three-point night with the game-winner 38 seconds into extra time.

The last time Anaheim played an overtime game was January 13. The Sharks had played to an overtime win March 9 and are now on a five-game losing streak. Despite the results, it was the closest game San Jose had been in and the third period especially, showed the grit and competitiveness of both teams. The season series ended in a 2-2 tie, with each team winning a game in the extra period.

The teams traded goals all the way throughout the game.

Timo Meier, speaking about the loss, noted, “we might face a lot of adversity now, but we’re gonna learn out of this…playoffs are close, so you’d rather go through a slump like that now, learn out of it, get stronger as a team, get tighter as a group, and learn…‘cuz there’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs coming up, so…we gotta react the right way.”

The Ducks’ Rickard Rakell also had a three point game. For the Sharks, Marc-Edouard Vlasic had two assists and Meier, Justin Braun and Kevin Labanc each had goals.

The game’s first goal occurred when San Jose’s Brent Burns lost the puck to Ryan Getzlaf in the Sharks’ end. Silfverberg passed back left to Rakell, who pinpointed the top shelf left corner at 7:58.

It was Anaheim’s third shot of the game and first goal since 15:17 in the third period of Sunday’s game.

Later, San Jose had power play opportunities at 9:40 (two shots) and 15:46 (one shot blocked). The Ducks had a power play that started at 19:39.

The Sharks had 10 giveaways compared to three for Anaheim in the opening period.

To start the second, the Ducks finished out their power play and Kevin Labanc scored at 2:29 with a diagonal shot versus goalie John Gibson to even the game. The play was set up with crisp and timely passing from Marcus Sorensen and Vlasic before reaching Labanc.

San Jose had another power play at 12:34.  

The Sharks ended up outshooting 11-4 in the middle period. One of Anaheim’s shots came shorthanded. San Jose had 11 of their attempts blocked.  

The visitors began the third with a penalty at 1:05 and the home team capitalized. Troy Terry passed between two Sharks to Adam Henrique who had a Shark himself in front, as the puck squeezed between goalie Aaron Dell’s legs at 2:41 to make it 2-1.

San Jose had another chance to make waves of their own when the Ducks were called for slashing at 4:36. The visitors did indeed capitalize, as Joe Thornton shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. It looked like Gibson saved the puck, but it ended up going over his left pad and Meier was there to finish the play off, re-tying the game.

Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm was called for interference at 8:19 and then the Sharks’ Melker Karlsson for holding at 14:14. Karlsson’s penalty resulted in the period’s third power play goal as Rakell struck again, this time from the top of the left faceoff circle as he hit a similar area to his first goal.

San Jose then scored the only even strength goal of the period. Vlasic began the play with a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. As the puck went around the back of the net, his former defensive partner Braun picked it up in the right faceoff circle to end the third period with the game’s third tie at 17:20. It was Braun’s 600th career game and also…

The Sharks had one out of three players that missed Thursday’s game back. Logan Couture returned after missing last game with flu-like symptoms. Those who were out for multiple games already though, remained that way. Erik Karlsson was out for his eleventh straight game (groin) and Joe Pavelski was out for the third straight game (lower-body injury).

Up Next: San Jose finishes off March with a four game homestand, taking off with the Detroit Red Wings first, Monday at 7:30 pm.  

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks try to break losing streak in Southland, starting with Kings Thursday

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Is this three-game losing streak a temporary patch or are there issues that need to be addressed soon?

#2 Joe Pavelski is suffering an lower body injury, meaning Pavelski has missed only two games in the last eight years.

#3 Pavelski looked as if he took a right leg injury after taking a hit into the boards against the Nashville Predators in San Jose last Saturday. Head coach Peter DeBoer said the injury might last longer than day to day. He most likely will not be playing against either Los Angeles or Anaheim on Thursday or Friday night.

#4 How much has the injuries of Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane impacted the club?

#5 It’s the first of back to back road games in the Southland for the Sharks as they open things up against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night then the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yotes roll hottest team in Pacific Division; Sens fire coach Boucher; Fast like a Lightning Bolt to 50 wins; plus more

photo from yahoosports.com: The Detroit Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou (72) skates in front of the Arizona Coyotes Mario Kempe (29) Saturday night in Glendale

NHL with Daniel Dullum:

1 Coyotes win eighth straight game, in thick of West Wild Card race

2 Basement-dwelling Senators fire Boucher as coach

3 Lightning match NHL record for fewest games to 50 wins

4 Flames raise Jarome Iginla’s No. 12 to the rafters

5 Knights’ Fleury gets NHL-best seventh shutout this season against Ducks

Join Daniel for the NHL podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJs Bobrovsky gets in front of 22 shots to blank Sens 3-0; Flames win fourth straight; Jets turn up the offense on Knights; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Columbus Blue Jackets shutout the Ottawa Senators 3-0 behind goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who stopped 22 shots and it was done on Ottawa ice. The Blue Jackets’ Matt Duchene, who was just dealt to the CBJs from the Sens, said he enjoyed his last game in Ottawa, but in a different uniform.

#2  The Calgary Flames did it again with their fourth straight win, thanks to a go-ahead goal by the Flames’ Andrew Mangiapane at 3:29 to give the Flames a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

#3 The Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine scored twice and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots as the Jets defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3. The Jets lead the Central Division and Jets head coach Paul Maurice picked up his 685th win to pass Pat Quinn for eighth place on the coaches winningest list.

#4 J.T. Compher got two for the Colorado Avalanche. On his second goal, Compher scored on a breakaway to break a tie and get the go-ahead goal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. The Hawks’ Patrick Kane scored his 39th goal of the season and extended his 20-game point streak.

#5 The San Jose Sharks brought back Michael Haley from the Florida Panthers. Some wondered why? Haley proved necessary when things got rough when the Sharks ended up getting into a line brawl towards the end of Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh and expect Haley to pay off in the home stretch of the season when things get physical and rough.

Matt does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com